New law seeks to help the terminally ill

Illinois’ new “Right to Try” law will give terminally-ill residents hope for the future by allowing citizens with HIV, ALS, cancer and many other serious health conditions to move forward more quickly with clinical-trial, experimental medicines and treatments.

The federal Food and Drug Administration has a roughly five-year trial period for testing medical and pharmaceutical products and procedures, an important process that nonetheless takes away precious time that many with life-threatening illness can’t afford to lose. House Bill 1335 establishes guidelines that will allow terminally-ill patients to more quickly access experimental medical treatments that aren’t yet approved for general use.

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